Legendary pacer Glenn McGrath has reacted to Australia’s dismissal batting performance in the Boxing Day Test, saying that there were quite a few concerns in the batting line up.
Steve Smith has scored only 10 runs from his 4 innings in the 4-match Test series vs India so far (AP Image)
- Glenn McGrath said that there were expectations from Smith but he has scored only 10 runs
- There is a lot of question marks on quite a few players: McGrath
- Australia are yet to score 200 runs in an single innings of the ongoing series vs India
The last time when India defeated Australia in their own backyard, the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner was declared as the ‘helping factor’. Experts and many former cricketers, especially from Australia, had reckoned that the results would have been different had their two batting gems been part of the series.
India is touring Down Under again and this time Steve Smith, David Warner and Australia’s latest batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne are in the squad. Apart from an injured Warner, the other two have featured in both the starting two matches of the series but the hosts are still to score 200 runs in a single innings.
Tons of runs were expected from the bat of Steve Smith but off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has got the better of him so far. On Monday, Smith was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah while he tried to shuffle across and guide the ball towards fine leg. Smith, on a normal day would have executed that part of his game all day long, but this time around he failed.
Joe Burns has started to disappoint again, Marnus Labuschagne is finding it difficult to convert his starts, while Travis Head is finding it hard to get into the mix of things. The issue is alarming and has successfully gained the attention of legendary Australia pacer Glenn McGrath.
McGrath has said that there were “question marks on quite a few players”. He also did not shy away from talking about the flop shows of Australia’s most talented batsman Steve Smith.
“It is a concern, it has been a concern for little while now. If you see this series as a whole, the Australian batting line up, there has been a question around it even before this series. It was only one stint in Adelaide which turned tide in their favour and they won that game. There are a lot of question marks on quite a few players and the player which everyone was looking to see in Steve Smith has only scored 10 runs I think. He hasn’t fired yet, there are quite a few concerns in the batting line up, the bowler are doing their job again, so what can you say,” McGrath said on Sony Networks.
After the end of Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test, India are on the cusp of memorable victory at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).